Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

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    Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    I was checking my uncataloged mostly valueless lady watches recently.
    Noticed these 2 with identical cute probably common movements. Maybe 1940+ for solid gold Lucien ; 1950+ Gruen? Guessing Schild made movements? The Gruen indicates how the old important Precision designation was degraded after Fred Gruen away. The L.P. was saved by me in 1980 from scrap. It is heavy handmade 14K with couple little bright white diamonds. Quite a nice quality item compared to later cheap stuff with the name. I do not understand why I get no enthusiasm from the ladies for this. Not even my wife. I am mainly interested if the Gruen being made before 1958 end of Gruen.
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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    There was recently a thread about the same movement:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=374194

    Hartmut found it was an FHF cal. 59:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...uswk&FHF_59_21&
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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    Thankyou. What is FHF? Did they make only movements?

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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    Art, those are beautiful little watches. It's too bad they're not appreciated more; especially by women!

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    Fhf

    Hi!

    FHF, Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon SA, Fontainemelon, Switzerland, an ebauches factory founded 1793 by Julien and Francois Humbert-Droz. 1825, the Robert-family bought the company and in 1876 it became a corporation with the final name.
    In 1926, FHF founded with ETA and AS the ESA(Ebauches SA), today a part of the Swatch Group.
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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    Mike: a name complete with detailed history. Thankyou.


    Still interested if the Gruen being prior to 1958.

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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    Hi!

    IMHO nearly impossible to say - those jewellery watches almost had been made by jewellers, not by the watch companies, so it´s not a special model of a defined vintage. Those jewellers just bought the movement/dial/hands, maybe the case. The factory in Biel came to Rolex already in 1953, that´s the end of the "Swiss era". In 1958, the American rest got a new owner. I think they used the same suppliers in the first time and this movement is made by FHF(and just signed with Gruen) - shouldn´t matter if before or after 1958.
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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    Mike: So the Swiss Gruen factory was done by 1953. I have others. As a learning Gruen collector I would like to have an example of their last from the factory. Will find a black dial mans and a small round autowind.

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    Re: Neat Gruen tiny watch mvnt. Who made?

    This a late model Gruen. Maybe not made before 1953? Looking for one before Gruen factory close.
    Only mark: 305ca. Less than 1 inch diameter.
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